And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” – John 14:16-17

LIGHT FOR NOW: The believer is one in Christ and in God.

In verse 10 of our theme text, Jesus said, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The word that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” The Lord Jesus, when He walked the earth, walked in union with the Father, and was constantly mindful of the Father’s indwelling and abiding presence. When He said in the above verse, “…the Father that dwelleth in me…” He was referring to the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of God. He’s not just an influence or a mysterious wind, as some people think; He’s the Father that lives in you – He’s not far away.

Hence, you must become aware that you’re not alone; you’re in the Father, and the Father is in you. You’re one with Him as 1 Corinthians 6:17 talks about your inseparable union with the Father: “…he that is joined unto the Lord is one Spirit”. Jesus came to make our glorious union and fellowship with the Father possible. The term “another comforter” was used often by Jesus to refer to the Spirit that will be given (John 15:26; John 16:7). And looking at our key scripture closely, Jesus spoke of how the Spirit will dwell in the believer; He explained further how the Spirit was WITH them and how the Spirit will be IN them (verse 17).

Thus, the summary of the giving of the Spirit is that He will dwell within (residence); and the indwelling will be forever ever (permanence). The two facts of the reality of the indwelling of the Spirit are quite important to understand and they are well explained in the epistles. So, in the four Gospels, the promise of the Spirit pointed to “residence” and “permanence”.

The Holy Spirit is also called the Spirit of His son. “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his son into your hearts, crying Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6). Prior to the giving of the Spirit, Jesus Himself spoke of His going to the Father (John 14:2-3); when He said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (verse 3). He wasn’t actually referring to a departure, but an arrival of the promised Spirit.

And this is further explained in verse 16 where Jesus said, “I will pray the Father and he shall give you another comforter that he may abide with you FOR EVER.” The comforter was further explained as the Holy spirit in verse 26 and this speaks of the Spirit within, that is, the Spirit of God in the believer. So in John 14:2-3, Jesus is the one going and the one coming; implying that the one going isn’t different from the one coming. “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me; because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you”(John 14:19-20). He said He will return by His Spirit and make abode in the believer; this will make the believer one in Christ and the Father. This won’t happen at the rapture but at redemption. He is also called the Spirit of Christ in Romans 8:9. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.

Now if any man have not the SPIRIT OF CHRIST, he is none of his.” The indwelled Spirit is the Spirit of SONSHIP; He is the greater one that dwells in you FOREVER; living in the consciousness of the indwelled Spirit will keep your head high in victory. Recognizing His ministry in your life takes awayfear and worries. With Him, you’re a victor and a success forever.

INSTRUCTION: You are sealed with the Holy Ghost; acknowledge this!

PRAYER: I am found in Christ; sealed by the Holy Ghost and I am a living and moving temple of God, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: The indwelled Spirit is the spirit of Sonship.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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